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  • An eight-point bucks head emerges from tall green grass
    Information icon White-tailed deer on Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Tom Koerner, USFWS.

    Locally sourced and served

    February 24, 2020 | 7 minute read

    It was a fine day to sit in a tree — cool, the December sun casting shadows across the leafy floor below. Mark Carter didn’t move. The minutes passed. They became an hour. Carter and the man who’d brought him into the woods traded an occasional murmur. The shadows grew longer. Night would soon come to Georgia. Then, just about 100 yards away: a flash of tan in the dwindling light — Odocoileus virginianus, a white-tail deer.  Learn more...

  • Several dozen children pose for a photo in front of a sign that reads "Eco Conservation Field Day"
    Information icon 4th grade students from Russell Springs Elementary School. Photo by Moria Painter, USFWS.

    Outdoor Eco Day Success at Wolf Creek NFH

    November 20, 2019 | 2 minute read

    Crisp autumn weather is the perfect setting for a day spent learning about Environmental Education in the great outdoors. For 229 fourth graders from Russell County Elementary schools enjoyed the annual Outdoor Eco Day hosted by Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery (NFH) and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH, Inc. on October 25. Students arrived by bus in the early morning hours, departing the bus at the visitor center and traveling by foot to nine different stations located on hatchery grounds.  Learn more...

  • Two participants show off their catch of eight trout on the bank of Hatchery Creek.
    Information icon The couple who fish together, stays together. Photo by Mackenzie Foster, USFWS.

    Smiles abound at Wolf Creek for the 12th annual Catch a Smile Senior Fishing Derby

    November 20, 2019 | 1 minute read

    Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and the Friends of Wolf Creek NFH hosted the 12th Annual Catch a Smile Senior fishing derby on Sept. 24, 2019. Over 190 seniors, age 62 and over enjoyed the fun-filled day. Big fish! Equal even Bigger smiles! Photo by Mackenzie Foster, USFWS. Participants enjoyed a lunch of grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, drinks and desserts. Each participant took home a door prize, provided by local sponsors, that included camp lights, camp chairs, camp coffee pots, flashlights, fishing gear, and many other items.  Learn more...

  • Nearly two dozen veterans and a german shepherd pose for a photo in front of the Wolf Creek NFH visitors center holding their striped bass catch
    Information icon Group photo of participants. Photo by Ashley Buffington, USFWS.

    Wolf Creek hosts annual Wounded Warrior fishing event

    November 7, 2019 | 2 minute read

    On Sept. 11, 2019, Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery and its Friends Group hosted the eighth annual Wounded Warrior Fishing Event. Typically, five or six fishing guides volunteer their services to take 25 wounded veterans out for a morning of striped bass fishing on Lake Cumberland. Seven guides volunteered this year, allowing the staff to offer an additional five spots on the voyage. With the warm lake temperatures, low oxygen this time of year, and lack of rain, even the stripers were showing signs of stress and weren’t biting often.  Learn more...

  • Wolf Creek and KDFWR go mussellin’

    November 5, 2019 | 3 minute read

    To the untrained eye, freshwater mussels are often overlooked or mistaken for rocks or other debris in stream beds and riverways. North America, particularly the Eastern United States, maintains the highest diversity of these animals. Freshwater mussels play a vital role in aquatic ecosystems as bioindicators and as natural in-stream filters, yet they rarely get the recognition they deserve.  Learn more...

News

  • A lobster-shaped and colored crayfish with tinges of rust and blue.
    Information icon Big Sandy crayfish. Photo by Zachary Loughman, West Liberty University.

    Agency identifies habitat essential for the conservation of two rare crayfishes, seeks public comment

    January 27, 2020 | 3 minute read

    The Big Sandy and Guyandotte River crayfishes have disappeared from many of the streams they once occupied in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, leading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect both species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2016. The agency has now completed the next step required by the ESA: identifying areas of habitat that are essential for the species’ conservation. Critical habitat helps focus conservation efforts where they are most needed, particularly those of federal agencies.  Read the full story...

  • Two dozen USFWS staff huddle around the new Green River NWR welcome sign
    Information icon Service staff gather around the new Green River National Wildlife Refuge welcome sign. Photo by Stacey Haden, USFWS.

    Secretary Bernhardt Unveils New National Wildlife Refuge in Kentucky

    November 22, 2019 | 5 minute read

    Henderson, Kentucky — Friday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, along with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, and their counterparts from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, announced the establishment of the Green River National Wildlife Refuge near the confluence of the Ohio and Green rivers in Henderson, Kentucky. “Under President Donald Trump’s leadership, the Department of the Interior has opened and expanded nearly 1.  Read the full story...

  • Hundreds of fish cornered next to a concrete dam by an electrofishing boat jump out of the water.
    Information icon Electrofishing demonstration at Barkley Dam resulted in dozens of Asian carp jumping out of water. Photo by USFWS.

    Bio-acoustic fish fence now operational at Lake Barkley

    November 8, 2019 | 8 minute read

    Grand Rivers, Kentucky — An experimental project designed to keep invasive Asian carp from moving farther up the Cumberland River was unveiled Friday at Lake Barkley. A bio-acoustic fish fence (BAFF) was deployed on the downstream side of Barkley Lock. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and U.S. Congressman James Comer along with project partners, ceremonially inaugurated the BAFF system as part of a three-year evaluation to deter Asian carp from migrating through the navigation lock.  Read the full story...

  • Two black and white birds on the edge of a body of water.
    Information icon Interior least tern. Photo by USFWS.

    Recovery of America’s smallest tern prompts proposal to delist

    October 23, 2019 | 5 minute read

    When the interior least tern was listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1985, there were fewer than 2,000 birds and only a few dozen nesting sites scattered across a once-expansive range that covered America’s Great Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley. Today there are more than 18,000 interior least terns at more than 480 nesting sites in 18 states, thanks to decades of innovative conservation efforts and diverse partnerships among local, state and federal stakeholders.  Read the full story...

Wolf-Creek

  • A sign for the visitor and environmental education center.
    Information icon Welcome to Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. Photo by Robert H Pos, USFWS.

    Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery

    Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery was constructed in 1975, making it one of the newest in the federal hatchery system. With an annual budget of $1,200,000, this station produces approximately 1 million brown, brook, cutthroat and rainbow trout weighing 275,000 pounds every year. Fish are stocked into over 100 different public fishing waters in cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The majority of the fish are stocked in waters managed by the federal government.  Learn more...

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